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Football Federation Australia criticised for supporting Sheikh Salman’s re-election

Bahraini AFC president’s bid gets Australian backingHakeem al-Araibi demands answers from FFAA “shocked and disappointed” Hakeem al-Araibi has called on Football Federation Australia to justify its support of Sheikh Salman Ibrahim Al-Khalifa’s bid for …

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Fifa risks row with Europe’s elite by approving new 24-team Club World Cup

• New tournament set to take place every four years from 2021• European Club Association unhappy with lack of consultationFifa has ignored European opposition to its plan to revamp the Club World Cup by voting to approve a new 24-team tournament starti…

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MPs call for investigation into Qatar World Cup bid claims

• Qatar reported to have offered Fifa $400m before 2022 success• Al Jazeera alleged to have signed TV contract making the offerAn investigation should be launched into claims that Qatar offered Fifa $400m (£307m) only three weeks before world football’…

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Chelsea ‘astonished’ after Fifa reject club’s request to freeze transfer ban

• Fifa set to consider appeal before summer window opens• Club could seek interim ruling from Cas if it is rejectedFifa expects to consider Chelsea’s appeal against a two-window transfer ban before the market formally opens this summer, in effect allow…

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David Squires on … Fifa, North Korea and bidding to host the Women’s World Cup

Our cartoonist looks at the latest great idea to get support from world football’s governing body Take a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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North and South Korea joint Women’s World Cup bid would be ‘great’ – Fifa

Gianni Infantino says 2023 combined bid a possibilityAustralia among other countries already interestedA joint bid by North and South Korea to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup has been talked up by Gianni Infantino, with the Fifa president saying such a…

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North and South Korea joint Women’s World Cup bid would be ‘great’ – Fifa

Gianni Infantino says 2023 combined bid a possibilityAustralia among other countries already interestedA joint bid by North and South Korea to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup has been talked up by Gianni Infantino, with the Fifa president saying such a…

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Nantes complain to Fifa that Cardiff have not paid Emiliano Sala fee

• Fifa confirms it is investigating claim by French club• Cardiff have said they want crash inquiry to finish firstNantes have complained to Fifa that Cardiff have not paid the first instalment of the £15m transfer fee for Emiliano Sala.The 28-year-old…

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Hakeem al-Araibi: thank you Australia for bringing me home – but my fight is not over

Bahrain will do anything to hunt down dissident athletes and their families. International sporting bodies must step up to protect the helpless I can never truly express my gratitude to you all, the Australian people, for bringing me home. There were c…

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Chelsea hit with transfer ban for two windows by Fifa

• Sanction relates to dealings with foreign players under 18• Chelsea denied wrongdoing and can appealChelsea have been banned from the transfer market for two windows after Fifa found them guilty of a serious and systemic breach of the rules regarding…

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Nantes set to take dispute with Cardiff over Emiliano Sala transfer fee to Fifa

• Nantes have demanded first of three payments for player• Cardiff want to wait until investigation into crash is completeNantes are set to take their dispute with Cardiff City over the death of Emiliano Sala to Fifa this week if the Premier League clu…

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Nantes set to take dispute with Cardiff over Emiliano Sala transfer fee to Fifa

• Nantes have demanded first of three payments for player• Cardiff want to wait until investigation into crash is completeNantes are set to take their dispute with Cardiff City over the death of Emiliano Sala to Fifa this week if the Premier League clu…

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Was Infantino just too busy to get involved in freeing Hakeem al-Araibi? | Marina Hyde

Fifa has a new human rights policy, yet its president appears to have been too caught up with other things to help out a footballer jailed under false pretencesTo the middle east, where Fifa’s brilliant plan to bring peace via the medium of football co…

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He’s free, but who’s to blame for Hakeem al-Araibi’s ordeal?

Campaigners examine whether the failings of Interpol, Australian police, the world’s footballing bodies and Thai authorities allowed the refugee athlete to fall into Bahrain’s webAs Hakeem al-Araibi settles back into his life in Melbourne after 76 days…

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Re-elected Ceferin stresses Uefa opposition to European Super League

• Uefa congress confirms president’s unopposed election• Only five managers attended VAR briefing, claims CeferinAleksander Ceferin has emphasised his firm opposition to a breakaway club “super league”, and to Fifa’s currently shelved proposals for a r…

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Hakeem al-Araibi’s wife begs Canada and NZ for help and says ‘time is running out’

Exclusive: Wife of Bahraini refugee asks leaders to pressure Thai authorities to release her husband“Time is running out” for Hakeem al-Araibi, his wife has written in letters to the leaders of Canada and New Zealand, pleading with them for help to see…

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Chelsea investigated by Fifa over more than 100 young player cases

• Club can expect transfer ban if guilty of breaking regulations• Chelsea say they complied with rules and most were trialistsChelsea are set to hear from Fifa whether they will be banned from the transfer market after being investigated over potential…

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Hakeem al-Araibi’s detention not Sheikh Salman’s responsibility, AFC says

Asian Football Confederation, which has come under fire for failing to call for the refugee footballer’s release, says its president was recused from overseeing the region 18 months ago The Asian Football Confederation claims its president, Sheikh Salm…

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Call for Fifa’s Salman al-Khalifa to step down if Hakeem al-Araibi is not freed

World Players Association questions why there has been no statement from the football body’s vice-president Sheikh Salman al-Khalifa should be disqualified from his positions as vice-president of Fifa and president of the Asian Football Confederation (…

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Fifa urges Thailand to release Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi

• Fifa says Araibi ‘at risk of mistreatment in his home country’• Araibi was arrested in Thailand on 27 NovemberFifa has urged Thailand’s government to immediately release the Bahraini footballer Hakeem al-Araibi, who has been held in a Bangkok prison …